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700 Gray Ave, Saskatoon, SK S7N 2J3

(306) 281-2011

Brilliant Star Montessori School

Brilliant Star Montessori School | Montessori in Saskatoon

Administration

Ms. Julie

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Administrator

Lower Elementary Senior Directress

Curriculum Advisor

Ms. Julie is trained and accredited through the North American Montessori Centre for the Lower Elementary, Casa, and Infant/ Toddler programs. She has also attained a B.Sc. and a B.Ed at the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught in a Montessori classroom as a Director since 2004 and has also taught in the public system for 7 years. Ms. Julie is the founder of Brilliant Star Montessori School and has lead our staffing team as our Administrator since our first year. Ms. Julie has also written Montessori articles for the North American Montessori Training Centre and has many of her pieces published on their website. She has nineteen years of experience coaching children (kayak, canoe, swimming, soccer, volleyball, and track and field). She has coached on a local, provincial, and national level for the sport of sprint canoe and kayak. Ms. Julie has also taught as an instructor at the Ecology Club for Kids for three years in Saskatoon and has received her facilitator training and certification in the Virtues Project, which is a course on Character Building Education for families and schools. Ms. Julie’s passion and enthusiasm for the Montessori philosophy and The Virtues Project guides her in her roles in our school.

Ms. Vikki

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Administrative Assistant 

Ms. Vikki comes to us with great experience as a School Administrative Assistant. This is Ms. Vikki’s third year with Brilliant Star Montessori School and we are thrilled to have her continue on our staffing team again this upcoming year. Ms. Vikki also has 8 years working as an administrative assistant in an Elementary school in Prince Albert. Before joining the Prince Albert school division, she operated a private daycare out of her home gaining years of childcare experience. She has volunteered over the years in various roles with her children’s activities and spent 5 years serving as secretary on her community club board. She is married with 2 adult children of her own, both who attend the University of Saskatchewan.

Board of Directors

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Julie Davidsen

                                     

Susan Pezderic 

                                                   

Jason Danielson 

                                                     

Natalie Leggett  

                                                   

Beverly Pongracz 

                                                          

Loch Willy

Casa Staff

Ms. Susan

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Casa Senior Directress

Ms. Susan is trained and accredited through the North American Montessori Centre for the Casa (preschool and kindergarten) program. She has taught in a Montessori classroom since 2001. Ms. Susan has been an integral part of the creation of Brilliant Star Montessori since its inception as cofounder. She has taken training in the Virtues Program, which is a course on Character Building Education for families and schools and was also involved in volunteer work with the ‘Read Saskatoon’ Program for illiteracy. Ms. Susan has Advanced level Ballet training in the ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ and performed with a professional dance company in Montreal. Ms. Susan has fifteen years experience teaching ballet and jazz, including the opportunity of teaching children dance at an International School in Papua New Guinea for a year. Ms. Susan has also operated and taught in her own school, “The Asquith Dance Workshop’, for 8 years. She has lived on a family farm for the last 33 years and has been actively involved in the farm work and is proactive for wildlife and our environment as a member of the Saskatchewan Wildlife Federation.

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Ms. Goya

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Casa Assistant and Before School Extended Care Supervisor 

Ms. Goya has completed her Montessori Assistant training as well as certification for Music and Art in Montessori from The Centre for Guided Montessori Studies. Ms. Goya also received her Bachelor of Arts degree from Tamkang University in Taipei, Taiwan and completed her ECE (Early Childhood Education) Certificate through SIAST. She has worked with children since 2000 in Kindergarten and Elementary schools and was also an EFL teacher overseas. Ms. Goya has also had the opportunity to volunteer at Brunskill Elementary School and Saskatchewan Intercultural Association in Saskatoon. She has been working on Decorative Painting for over 12 years and has acquired a teaching certificate. Ms. Goya has also been a Recreation/Fitness Program Instructor for fall and winter Seasons at the Shaw Centre in Saskatoon. This will be Goya’s seventh year on our staff at Brilliant Star Montessori School.

Elementary Staff

Ms. Julie

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Administrator

Lower Elementary Senior Directress

Curriculum Advisor

Ms. Julie is trained and accredited through the North American Montessori Centre for the Lower Elementary, Casa, and Infant/ Toddler programs. She has also attained a B.Sc. and a B.Ed at the University of Saskatchewan. She has taught in a Montessori classroom as a Director since 2004 and has also taught in the public system for 7 years. Ms. Julie is the founder of Brilliant Star Montessori School and has lead our staffing team as our Administrator since our first year. Ms. Julie has also written Montessori articles for the North American Montessori Training Centre and has many of her pieces published on their website. She has nineteen years of experience coaching children (kayak, canoe, swimming, soccer, volleyball, and track and field). She has coached on a local, provincial, and national level for the sport of sprint canoe and kayak. Ms. Julie has also taught as an instructor at the Ecology Club for Kids for three years in Saskatoon and has received her facilitator training and certification in the Virtues Project, which is a course on Character Building Education for families and schools. Ms. Julie’s passion and enthusiasm for the Montessori philosophy and The Virtues Project guides her in her roles in our school.

Ms. Eve

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Elementary Assistant  and French Directress

Ms. Eve has her Bachelor of French Education as well a Bachelor of Arts in French. Ms. Eve grew up in a bilingual home, attended French Immersion throughout her school years and studied French at the University of Regina and at Université Laval. She also enjoyed spending some time in France. All these experiences have given Ms. Eve and wealth of understanding of the French language and culture. Ms. Eve is very excited to continue on the staffing team at Brilliant Star Montessori again this year and share her passion with our student

Ms. Angella

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Elementary Directress 

Ms. Angella is trained and accredited through the International Association of Progressive Montessorians. She attended the Angela Martin Montessori training Centre in Victoria, B.C. where she received the Montessori foundation course and a Montessori Diploma in Elementary Education. She has also achieved a B.Ed. at the University of Saskatchewan. Ms. Angella taught Upper Elementary for several years at Maria Montessori School in Saskatoon. She has been a substitute teacher at Brilliant Star Montessori for the past 9 years.  Ms. Angella has a passion for the Montessori philosophy and inspiring children towards a life long love of learning.

Ms. Angella is married with 2 teenage boys and loves spending time with her family. She also enjoys outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, kayaking, quading and snowmobiling. Ms. Angella also appreciates music, and has played the flute for the past 30 years. She achieved Orff Level 1 at the University of Saskatchewan.

Ms. Angella has been a volunteer at her children’s school for the past 10 years helping with various activities and programs. She has also volunteered with Frontiere College, Ronald McDonald house and Festival of trees.

Ms. Jackie

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Elementary Music Directress 

Ms. Jackie has her Bachelor of Music in Music Education along with her Bachelor of Education. She has 6 years of experience working in Montessori Schools in Saskatoon as an educational assistant and a Music directress where she worked directly with toddler, preschool and kindergarten aged children. Outside of the classroom, Ms. Jackie runs her own private violin studio of over 30 children, several toddler and preschool Music classes, and string quartets. She also volunteers her time with Saskatoon Summer Players and Cornerstone Theater to help put on large productions such as Spamalot, Little Women, Jesus Christ Superstar, Next to Normal, and Annie. Ms. Jackie is looking forward to another great year at Brilliant Star Montessori School.

Ms. Lynzie

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 Elementary Physical Education Directress

Ms. Lynzie graduated from the University of Saskatchewan with a B.Sc. majoring in Kinesiology with Great Distinction. Through the years, she has been involved with physical activity programs for children of varying ages and abilities. Some of these programs include PAAL (Physical Activity for Active Living), Special Olympics and teaching dance for 7 years. She has taken training through "The National Coaching Certification Program" and "Sports Medicine and Science Council of Saskatchewan" for multi-sport training and safety certifications. Ms. Lynzie has been the Elementary Physical Education Instructor at our school for two years. She is an energetic individual who is passionate about a healthy lifestyle and having fun through physical activity. She is overjoyed to be returning to the Brilliant Star Montessori school community again this fall.

Our Staff Vision/Mission Statement

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Our goal as a staff is to work as a united, encouraging team alongside parents in a positive community of support and guidance. We will strive to provide joyful learning through the Montessori Education and the Virtues Program for our students in a secure, peaceful, and caring environment that nurtures the development of every child and their natural curiosity for learning.